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Work continues

Posted by Russel Higgins -

Despite very uncomfortable working conditions, projects continue at the NIARC. Bins have been emptied, weeds have been pulled or hoed, post applications are applied or evaluated, and weeds are measured. On Monday I had the opportunity to visit campus (and deliver the aforementioned frozen soil samples). This has been one of the first trips I have made outside northern Illinois since the month of May. In my travels up and down route 47 I viewed acres of struggling crops, including corn that was 4-6 feet tall attempting to pollinate. By my return trip the temperature neared 100 degrees and those same corn fields had their leaves wrapped tight. It was a reminder of how dependent agriculture is upon weather and the risks taken each and every year by farmers in Illinois. I hope all take a respite from day to day activities and enjoy time with their family at an Independence Day event.

Happy 4th of July!

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